"When they live by the labor of their hands, as our fathers and the apostles did, then they are really monks" (Rule of St. Benedict, chap. 48). The monks of St. Procopius Abbey work with their hands, as in this picture, but in their history they have also always been involved in outside apostolates, especially academic apostolates, to serve the Church and the world. See the links below for some of the major works that St. Procopius Abbey does.
The monks of St. Procopius Abbey founded the school now known as Benedictine University in 1887, only two years after the monastic community began. Over the decades the university has increased its academic offerings, with doctoral programs, online classes, adult learning, and a campus in Arizona. Monks remain involved in teaching and campus ministry.
Monks of St. Procopius Abbey who are ordained priests have helped throughout the years in parishes. In the past, priest-monks were sometimes sent to other states, to help in ethnic parishes (usually Czech). Today, though, our assistance to parishes is local, particularly within the Diocese of Joliet.
Oblates of St. Benedict are Christians who associate themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. This spiritual affiliation is formalized through a promise made to live out the spiritual values reflected in the Rule of St. Benedict in so far as the individual's state in life permits.